Monday, July 19, 2010

Number 60: Cheaters' Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes

There's a cafe right around the corner from my apartment that has a Hazelnut Chocolate Cupcake on its menu. It's a chocolate cupcake with a creamy hazelnut filling and chocolate frosting. It sounds like heaven.

Unfortunately, they haven't had it for the last three weeks and I'm starting to think their menu is lying. So my sister and I decided to make our own Hazelnut Chocolate Cupcakes this past lazy Sunday.

Now keep in mind that the key word is "lazy". Big Sis and I went off to see the Swell Season, She & Him and The Bird and The Bee at the Hollywood Bowl that Sunday, so we had an entire picnic to plan.

With low energy and little time, we went off and bought some  Devil's Food cake mix, nutella, bittersweet chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts. Sorry diehards, this one's for the cheaters.
Hazelnut Chocolate Cupcakes

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Number 59: Mochi wrapped around strawberries

I know two vegans - the in-house photographer at the Mag and his assistant. Since the Mag is a food mag, we always have a lot of tastings - but they can never eat them. There's eggs and butter in the dessert, or cream in the veggie dip, and meat, well, meat is featured on almost every cover. Meat and dessert.

So they never get to try anything - and their lunch snacks consist of carrot and celery sticks. You just have to feel a little guilty while spooning down mouthfuls of creamy risotto.

Now I've never consciously made anything vegan before, but I've been on a mochi craze ever since I ran across a perfectly pliable recipe. I've made matcha mochi and plain mochi, ate it alone and with strawberries, had it hot right out of the microwave (yes, you use the microwave) and cool from the fridge. This one, however, is best at room temperature. It is chewy and slightly soft, but with the perfect amount of bite. I made it for the two vegans Tuesday when they had a shoot, and we had it plain and cut into strips for a snack - perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike.

wrapped around strawberries

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Santa Barbara Beach Day

So I started a new blog, but haven't completely switched over. Let's see how handling two different blogs work out.

In the meantime, check out the crab and lobster we got last Saturday.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Number 58: Brown butter walnut shortbread

Love at first crumble. Some things need no words.

Brown butter walnut shortbread
adapted from Barefoot Contessa